Step 1 - The bar cart
Get hold of an attractive copper bar cart, a vintage specimen from your great-aunt or a sleek industrial trolley, because that’s where it all starts. Polish the glass, choose a good spot and on to step 2.
Step 2 - Vases with content
It’s time to get to work with flowers - naturally! During the afternoon make some small bouquets with autumnal stars like dahlias, Gloriosa and rosehips. Select a couple of eye-catching vases, mix old with new, colour with plain and glass with ceramic. A flower here, a vase there: really get stuck in.
Step 3 - Your finest glasses
Bring out your finest glass heirlooms and given them a polish. Champagne glasses, whiskey tumblers, engraved cocktail glasses: get them ready for the magnificent drinks that will be produced in the kitchen. And obviously you need to sample them before serving …
Step 4 - The green backdrop
Of course greenery deserves a place too. Place a collection of your finest botanical favourites on the bottom shelf of the bar cart. These might include the missionary plant and a modest fern. Plants in an attractive glass earn bonus points, as do beauties under a dome. You’re almost ready.
Step 4 - A interesting object
Maybe the conversation could do with a kickstart. Or perhaps your bar cart is lacking a bit of personality or je ne sais quoi. An art book, a display object or a personal photo makes your bar car entirely apéro-ready. Hey, there’s the doorbell!